High School
Health

Legal Drugs - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana

Discussing legal drugs can be a tricky topic. Students likely have family members or other adults who partake in these legal substances, so it is important to present the facts in context. These resources touch on some of the new issues arising in the areas of legal drugs, including e-cigarettes and legalized marijuana.
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Legal Drugs - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana
  • scientificamerican.com
    scientificamerican.com

    How Safe Is Recreational Marijuana?

    Article
    Teresa Potter says:
    With the rise of states legalizing or looking to legalize marijuana, it is important to face the issue head on by looking at the realities of recreational use. This article gives a scientifically-sound account of the topic.
  • Drug Facts Marijuana

    Website
    teens.drugabuse.gov
    teens.drugabuse.gov
    Teresa Potter says:
    This collection of resources on marijuana is from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is organized as a series of questions, which makes it an excellent article to get students started with the facts about marijuana.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This video gives a good introduction to the cultural as well as medical stigma and realities of marijuana. It describes marijuana,even legalized marijuana, in the context similar to alcohol: as a substance to be taken seriously.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This is an excellent website that uses beautiful design and multimedia to present information about the new smoking trend "vaping". The site presents information on the research done by Boston University. I actually haven't used this article in my course yet because I just found the page, but I am excited to integrate it into my lessons.
  • Smoking

    Website
    kidshealth.org
    kidshealth.org
    Teresa Potter says:
    This article gives a thorough account of the impacts and realities of smoking. When I use this as an online lesson I pair this article with the U.S. Surgeon General's 50 year summary to give students a strong foundation in the relations of smoking.
  • surgeongeneral.gov
    surgeongeneral.gov

    The Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General

    Article
    Teresa Potter says:
    This article is a summary of the U.S. Surgeon General's research on the health consequences of smoking. Students likely have already been introduced to the health consequences of smoking, and this article is wonderful to give a very focused account of the research on smoking.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This is one article giving an in depth medical view of alcohol and teens as well as several links to additional resources. This website works well for a guided activity where students read to answer a series of questions, or it could work as the start for an inquiry learning or research activity.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This video gives a really engaging account of alcohol's impact on the teenage brain. I use this video as an introduction to the unit on legal drugs to give a scientific account of alcohol rather than focusing on the social or legal aspects of this topic.
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